I’ve commented before on the need to boost population density across Brisbane to reduce the large costs associated with transporting people long distances to the CBD for work. The State of Australian Cities 2013 report released yesterday by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport contains the following interesting information, which suggests higher density in the inner city would reduce road congestion in peak times and lead to environmental and health benefits:
Active travel for commutes to work is increasing in Brisbane’s inner suburbs and decreasing in Brisbane’s outer suburbs. In the inner suburbs 20.7% of people walk to work, an increase of 6.8% since 2001. In outer suburbs 1.9% of people walked to work, a decrease of 0.1% since 2001, while in the inner suburbs 3.8% of people cycled to work, an increase of 0.9%. In outer suburbs 0.5% of people cycle to work, a decrease of 0.1% during this period.
The Brisbane fact sheet contains other fascinating facts, such as the average incomes of public transport users versus non-users. Check it out, as you may be surprised.